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Mexican prosecutor asks legislators to remove immunity to governor for organized crime

MEXICO CITY, Feb 23 (.) – Mexico’s attorney general has asked lawmakers to strip the governor of the northern state Tamaulipas of his immunity, citing indications of alleged ties to organized crime, a ruling party leader said Tuesday .

Ignacio Mier, coordinator of the ruling Morena party in the lower house, wrote on his social networks that the legislators received the request for the elimination of the jurisdiction, which would open the door at the beginning of a judicial process.

Through his Twitter account, the governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, said that it was a political attack. “I will wait to be notified to have details and fix my position. I have never violated the law. I will defend myself against any abuse,” he wrote.

Tamaulipas, on the border with the United States, is considered one of the most violent states in the country, due to intense battles between violent organized crime groups that have been fighting for control of the territory for years.

Two of his three previous governors are currently in prison.

Last month the state was the scene of a massacre of several Guatemalan citizens, which sparked renewed outrage at the dangers Central American migrants face in the country. (Reporting by Lizbeth Díaz and Diego Oré, with additional reporting by Dave Graham, written by Noé Torres)